IMF chief sees 'high degree of uncertainty' in global outlook

Monday 1442/6/5 - 2021/01/18
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WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2021, SPA -- The head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday the global economic outlook remained highly uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic, and a growing divergence between rich and poor countries required the IMF to find more resources.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told reporters a new allocation of the IMF's own currency, Special Drawing Rights, would give countries more fiscal space to address the health crisis and accelerate moves to a digital and green economy.
But, the United States, the IMF's largest shareholder, has blocked such a move, arguing it would provide more resources to richer countries since the allocation would be proportionate to their shareholding.
Reuters cited the Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, the new chair of the IMF's steering committee, speaking at an online news conference with Georgieva, said it was clear the need for liquidity remained great, and she would consult with member countries on options for expanding liquidity.
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